THE CHILL FAC­TOR

Condé Nast House & Garden - - ENTERTAINING -

out­door en­ter­tain­ing can be as sim­ple or as high­main­te­nance as you make it, and see­ing the host’s mood sets the tone for the party; you should start chan­nelling the vibe in the plan­ning phase. The more re­laxed and present you are at the party, the sooner your guests will fol­low suit. so know the drill and de­mands up front, be­fore you have to break form and find an­other corkscrew or worse, more loo pa­per. If you are host­ing more than 10 peo­ple and it’s not fam­ily christ­mas, then con­sider get­ting a few wait­staff and bar­tenders who will pro­vide an un­ob­tru­sive source of prac­ti­cal help like clear­ing away plates and glasses be­tween cour­ses. In sum­mer, evenings out­doors take on a de­li­cious­ness that is dif­fer­ent to the day­time lunch, but at both it’s vi­tal to pro­vide am­ple and comfy seat­ing – a loungey mood – and eas­ier to serve food at room tem­per­a­ture with very chilled drinks. The ab­so­lute non-ne­go­tiable for sunny sum­mer lunches out­doors is shade. You don’t need to tent your en­tire ter­race but know in ad­vance that in the shade is where peo­ple will sit, and linger, on chairs, stools, benches or old-school wicker whilst brief spells of stand­ing is what will hap­pen in the sunny spots. and lastly, mu­sic. Fac­tor the sounds into the first stage of plan­ning, not only a playlist of no less than four hours, but acous­tics, too.

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